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May 09, 2017

Hungary honors 72nd anniversary of the liberation of the Mauthausen concentration camp

Hungary wishes to make constructive efforts to heal the visible and invisible scars of the Holocaust and World War II together

Hungary has observed the 72nd anniversary of the liberation of the Mauthausen concentration camp and has implemented several initiatives to support the Jewish community.

Hungary wishes to make constructive efforts to heal the visible and invisible scars of the Holocaust and World War II together. One of the means to achieve this is the program launched by the government which seeks to refurbish and renovate synagogues and abandoned cemeteries, for the purposes of which an allocation of 1 billion HUF will be available in the next few years.

The government wishes to extend this program to cooperation with the member states of the V4 which, in addition to a number of other initiatives, is intended to reinforce our commitment to the fact that the preservation and development of our religious and cultural values also reinforces our identity stemming from our Christian-Jewish roots.

Dr Csaba Latorcai, deputy state secretary for Priority Social Affairs at the Prime Minister’s Office, attended and delivered a speech at the commemoration event organized by the Austrian Mauthausen Committee.

Dr Latorcai highlighted that it is important that young generations should know about what happened to their grandparents and parents, all the more so because the examples of martyrs and the heroes who rescued lives may help them to make responsible decisions, may contribute to the development of a stronger identity, and may help shape their outlook on life.